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Kina Grannis + Imaginary Friend ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow 
02/02/12

Supporting Act:
Imaginary Friend
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King Tuts has always been my one of my favourite venues due to the amazing sound quality, and last nights gig was no exception.
The only supporting act of the night was a young, acoustic singer/songwriter by the name of “Imaginary Friend”. The 30 minute set consisted of songs from his most recent EP, including Chasing Ghosts and his newest song, Fire Escape. The clearly talented songwriter had the audience in awe throughout most of his performance, with his effortless vocals and relateable song lyrics that created a very calming atmosphere throughout most of the room. After explaining it was only his first time in Scotland, Imaginary friend performed a really great acoustic cover of the Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly Me To The Moon” which allowed many of the crowd to quietly sing along. The final song performed was “I Knew This Would Be Love” before he then thanked the crowd and left the stage. This guy has a real raw talent and his laid back performance was really refreshing. He also had a great stage presence, making many of the crowd laugh several times throughout his set.

Next up was Kina Grannis to perform the second date in her latest tour for the release of her newest album, “Stairwells”. Opening songs, “The One You Say Goodnight To” and “Cambridge”  were a great choice, with so many of the crowd singing and clapping along, helping to create an overall cheerful, relaxing atmosphere.  An amazing acoustic cover of  “Oops I did It Again” by Britney Spears was a clear hit with the crowd, and by providing personal anecdotes about many of her songs, she had the majority of the audience hanging off her every word.  Following on in the 60 minute set, a few more original songs were performed, including “In Your Arms”, “This Far” and “Heart In Mind”. And despite forgetting the words at one point, the audience simply laughed and cheered as Grannis continued onto the chorus. Finally “Valentine” and “The Goldfish Song” were also performed towards the end of the set before the final song  “Message From Your Heart” was sung, which Grannis explained, was written in 2007, at the beginning of her career. And by unplugging the guitar and stepping, barefoot, away from the mic, she successfully had the entire room in complete awe throughout the song. It was  really electrifying and very refreshing to hear the japanese/american guitarist step out of her shyness ,that was seen during the beginning of her performance, to finally perform in her element and really enjoy herself.

After leaving the stage with cheers from the audience, Grannis returned once again to perform an encore consisting of a clearly popular song, “It’s Love” before bringing Imaginary friend back on stage to perform a cover of “Fix You” by Coldplay, along with Keith Tutt II, the backing vocalist on the night. The three musicians are clearly very talented and have an evident passion for both their music and performing. It was a really great night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves throughout the entire gig.

  


Little Eye + Supporting Acts ★★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
26/01/12

Supporting Acts:

The Alter-Natives
Waiting For Go 
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The first act on stage were a 4 piece indie/rock band named “The Alter-Natives”. Their 30 minute set consisted of many original songs including their newest single ” Mistakes Don’t Understate” which proved to be a great hit with the crowd, helped by the catchy, relatable lyrics. A good cover of “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters was also performed during the set which enabled many of the crowd to sing along, creating a good atmosphere within the room. With this being one of the bands first gigs, it was evident that they lacked confidence on the night however with a bit more experience, I’m certain they will improve greatly.

Next up was a 5 piece Indie/Rock Glaswegian band named “Waiting For Go”. Having previously seen them perform in December ( read the review here ) , I was eager to see if the band would maintain their great enthusiasm that was evident in their last performance. And I was nothing short of impressed. The band appeared on stage to open their 30 minute set with original songs such as “Conflicted Hearts” and “Stay”. These were clearly a huge crowd pleaser with so many people singing and dancing along to every song. A great atmosphere was present throughout the room, as the band performed further songs including ” What’s It Gonna Be”, “Believe Me” and the ever popular, “On The DanceFloor”. Chants of “Here we f*cking go” were screamed aloud by the crowd before the band introduced their newest single “Let Go” which will be released in March. Sadly there was no crowd surfing this time around, however lead singer, Jordan Butler did wow the crowds by performing the end of the set whilst standing on top on the barrier. The bands passion for music and clear love for performing was evident throughout the set last night, I would have liked to have heard a cover song performed however it was an overall great performance, and they successfully got the crowd hyped for the main act.

Finally, Little Eye were on stage to perform a 60 minute set at the sell out gig. Having previously been voted “Winners of the “Clyde 1 In Demand Band Of The Year” and “Young Scot Best Unsigned Band”, There has been a lot of hyped surrounding them recently and last nights gig made it evident as to why. The 4 piece scottish band performed a series of  original songs including “Can’t Relax” and “Remember Yesterday.” This band have a really great stage presence and created a great atmosphere throughout their performance. And with an album due out in the summer, we can only expect greater things to come from this band in the future.

An overall great gig and I’d really advise everyone to go check them all out !

  

 


Lawson + Supporting Acts ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
21/01/12

Supporting Acts:

Carrie Mac

Leon Jackson
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Carrie Mac kicked off the night was a 30 minute set consisting of mainly all original songs. Songs including ” Falling At My Feet”  and “Till I See You Again” were a clear hit with the crowd, and a flawless cover of “Rude Boy” by Rihanna was performed towards the end of the set. Her song writing ability is simply amazing and last nights performance proved that this singer-songwriter from Edinburgh really has what it takes to make it big. With a new album promised soon, we can only expect bigger and better things from her.
Next up was another Scottish singer, Leon Jackson, who first made it big  after winning the X-Factor in 2007. His 30 minute performance included  “Just the way you are” by Bruno Mars that allowed the crowd to singalong. His overall performance sounded very similar to Paulo Nutini, however he did seem much more nervous whilst on stage. This may have been due to the constant shouts from the crowd such as “We Love You Leon” which were often screamed aloud by the group of 50+ year old woman that were clearly having a good time. Overall, It was a good performance and he successfully managed to get the crowd hyped.
Finally, Lawson were on stage to perform the last date of the tour. The 4 piece London based boy band, performed a 60 minute set with songs such as “Everything was easy” and “Waterfall”. Having performed with acts such as Avril Lavigne, The Saturdays and The Wanted, this band have a strong fanbase which was evident on the night, with so many of the crowd singing along to every word throughout the performance, and with some dedicated fans even displaying hand made posters and customised t-shirts. Further on in the set, a cover of “Firework”by Katy Perry was performed along with “Anybody out there” and “Red Sky” ,before the band left the stage.
And with chants including “Take it off” and “One more song”, it wasn’t long before the band returned to perform another few songs including an amazing upbeat cover of “A-Team” by Ed Sheeran.
It was a really good gig overall and the atmosphere was great. The band were clearly very passionate about their music and their fans.



The Toi ★★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts New Years Revolution
Supporting The River 68’s

 

Having last seen the band perform at the Barrowlands in October during SaviFest, a huge improvement could be seen from them at their gig last night.

The three piece band, who first formed in February 2011, performed a 30 minute set as part of the New Years Revolution in King Tuts. Original songs such as “Get on it” and “Down by the River” were performed at a very high standard. And with many of the crowd singing along, a buzzing atmosphere was created throughout their set. We can only expect greater things to come from this band in the forthcoming months,with an EP promised to be released later this year.

The Toi are a really entertaining band with an evident passion for their music.
Would really advise everyone to go see them!

P.s Thanks for the demo cd!

 

 


Tragic O’Hara ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts New Years Revolution
06/01/12

 

Having recently been mentioned on Clyde 1 radio as “One to watch for in 2012”, there were high expectations for this free gig.
As part of the King Tuts New Year Revolution, Tragic O’Hara performed a 30 minute set in the bar consisting of original songs including  “Out of My hands”,  which helped to highlight what a talented songwriter this guy is and his guitar skills ,along with the harmonica, were nothing short of impressive.
A great atmosphere was created within the crowd with an intro to the story behind the lyrics of a recent song titled “Thick as Thieves” , Tragic O’Hara really knows how to entertain.
A large crowd started to gather during the end of the set, therefore having the performance on the main stage upstairs,would have been preferred
However it was an overall great gig!

Go check him out!

Apologies for the poor picture


Steve Poltz ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
Supporting Glenn Tilbrook
26/11/11

This singer/songwriter is by far the happiest guy I have ever seen in my life. His very distinctive songs are so full of fun ,the audience was left in total awe and laughter throughout his 30 minute performance this week. Such an inspiring songwriter.

Would love to see him live again soon!


Glenn Tilbrook ★★

King Tuts, Glasgow

26/11/11

The lead singer of the band “Squeeze”, Glenn Tilbrook, is a musical genius.
The 2 hour gig consisted of mainly upbeat songs from both his solo albums “The Incomplete Glenn Tillbrook” and “Translantic Ping Pong.” The venue was perfect and by covering a few Squeeze songs such as  ”Up The Junction” , Tillbrook  ensured the gig was a total hit with the crowd.  Would have liked a few more Squeeze songs to have been played tho and a shorter break in the middle would have been preferred. However the encore was great, with the supporting act – Steve Poltz, joining Tilbrook on stage for a performance of the upbeat song “Tempted.”

Good wee gig overall


Kate Walsh ★★

King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

12/11/11

Honestly, I had heard virtually nothing of this singer/songwriter from Essex, but after her recent gig in Glasgow, I am definitely a new fan.

With a 75 minute set including her most famous songs “Your Song” and “Don’t break my heart”, Kate successfully captured the audience with her raw acoustic talent. “Le Jardinier” was also a huge hit, after Kate explained she wrote the song, in french ,about the boy she liked, “so no one could understand it.”

Such a great voice.

And the venue was amazing.


Alan McKim ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
Supporting Kate Walsh
12/11/11

A performance of songs from his most recent EP ” The Law of Attraction” provided the crowd with an insight into the amazing talent that this singer/songwriter from Paisley has.

Having last seen him supporting passenger in October, It was clear to see that his talent simply continues to thrive with every performance. Original songs such as “Stornoway” and “Addicted to Poision” created a very intense and unique atmosphere within the room.

With new music videos promised to be filmed within the new year, we can’t expect nothing less than amazing from him.

Really great gig.